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Port bosses sensitive to show of union power 2

Port bosses sensitive to show of union power

Political columnist Chris Trotter writes today on the Ports of Auckland dispute how “a victory for the union at this point in the dispute could only be interpreted as a victory for all unionised workers.”

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Maritime Union offers solidarity to Japan

The Maritime Union of New Zealand has offered its sympathy and solidarity with the people of Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 11 March.

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Redundancy plan at Port Chalmers will be resisted

Union members at Port Chalmers are vowing to resist redundancy threats. 35 jobs have been put at risk after management announcements, despite Port Otago’s ongoing profitability.

A full report is online here at the Otago Daily Times.

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Fonterra and shipping companies held up to scrutiny

The Maritime Union’s comments on the effect on ports of decisions by Fonterra and shipping companies have featured widely in the news.

TVNZ reports that “the Maritime Union of New Zealand is calling for national co-ordination of port strategy, arguing that Fonterra is exerting such power as a customer it is effectively rationalising the port industry.”

The Taranaki Daily News writes that “Zealand’s waterfront workers and seafarers have savaged Fonterra’s decision to drop Port Taranaki, warning it has the potential to ‘rip the guts out’ of the port” following a “a bombshell decision last week, the dairy giant said it would be railing Whareroa product to Auckland and Tauranga instead.”